A success story — Bookmetrix’s first year of empowering book authors
Bookmetrix, a new platform launched at last year's London Book Fair, celebrates its first year of operation. Bookmetrix reports how often an individual book or chapter is cited, mentioned, reviewed or shared and read online.
Springer was the first publisher to offer title and chapter level metrics across all of their books via Bookmetrix. Developed in partnership with metrics provider Altmetric, the data captured via Bookmetrix is displayed on the individual book pages on Springer's content platform SpringerLink and springer.com. As a result of last year's merger of the majority of Macmillan Science and Education and Springer Science+Business Media, creating Springer Nature, Palgrave Macmillan and Springer aligned their eBook collections on SpringerLink. Palgrave Macmillan books, now integrated into SpringerLink, are in the process of being included in the Bookmetrix service.
Updated in near real-time, Bookmetrix offers unprecedented transparency on a book's reach and impact, not only in terms of usage, but also social media coverage and additional aspects. Bookmetrix has evolved into a tool highly appreciated by readers and authors — its high value to the scientific community is confirmed by over 750,000 page views per month. More than 225,000 books and almost 4,000,000 chapters are currently offering the Bookmetrix service.
Martijn Roelandse, Manager Publishing Innovation at Springer Nature, said, "We are delighted our authors, editors and readers welcomed Bookmetrix so enthusiastically and use it widely. During the past year, over 1,500 authors have tweeted about their Bookmetrix 'score.' In addition, we were shortlisted for the ALPSP Innovation Award and for the Quantum Publishing Innovation Award. This is a nice present indeed on our first birthday!"
Renowned scholarly publisher Brill has expressed interest in offering Bookmetrix for its own books and Bookmetrix welcomes this opportunity moving forward as a first pilot. It will be the first time the Bookmetrix tool will be applied to the content of a publisher not part of Springer Nature. Sam Bruinsma, Senior Vice-President for Business Development at Brill, is excited about this innovative and much-needed platform, explaining, "For the first time we can measure the real impact of a book. Brill is strong in the humanities, social sciences and international law, where traditionally books are a preferred form of publication. It is of great importance to us, our author community and our customers to show how often our books are being used, discussed, reviewed and cited."
Altmetric was founded in 2011. Its mission is to track and analyze the online activity around scholarly literature. Altmetric tracks what people are saying about research outputs online, and works with some of the biggest publishers, funders and institutions around the world to deliver this data in an accessible and reliable format. Altmetric is supported by Digital Science, which is operated by the global media company, the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.
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